Regional Overview: Africa
15-21 November 2020

Last week in Africa, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front suffered numerous territorial losses in Ethiopia; the detention of presidential candidate Bobi Wine prompted violent confrontations in Uganda; and Nigerian state forces launched operations against Ansaru militants, amid ongoing violence in the country’s northwest. Ethiopian federal forces made significant gains against Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF)…

Regional Overview: Africa
1-7 November 2020

Last week in Africa, fighting between Ethiopian federal forces and Tigrayan forces prompted fears of a civil war in Ethiopia; Al Shabaab launched a series of assassination attempts targeting government figures in Somalia; and opposition parties launched an alternate administration in response to the re-election of President Alassane Ouattara in the Ivory Coast. In Ethiopia,…

Regional Overview: Africa
25-31 October 2020

Last week in Africa, anti-French demonstrations were reported in several countries; electoral violence proliferated in the Ivory Coast and the Zanzibar autonomous region of Tanzania; and Allied Democratic Forces militants launched deadly attacks on civilian populations in North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Anti-French demonstrations were held in the Muslim majority countries…

Regional Overview: Africa
18-24 October 2020

Last week in Africa, fatalities proliferated during anti-police brutality demonstrations in Nigeria; electoral violence worsened in Guinea and the Ivory Coast; and militants staged a massive prison break in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Nigeria, continued interventions by unidentified armed groups, counter-demonstrators and state forces against #EndSARS demonstrators led to a proliferation of fatal…

Regional Overview: Africa
27 September-3 October 2020

Last week in Africa, anti-government demonstrations restarted in Guinea during the lead up to presidential elections; Al Shabaab increased operations targeting African Union forces in Somalia; and a peace accord collapsed in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Anti-government demonstrations restarted in Guinea, against Alpha Condé’s candidacy for a third presidential term. The National Front for…

Threats on the Frontline: Violence Targeting Humanitarian Aid Workers

The COVID-19 pandemic compounds existing vulnerabilities faced by humanitarian aid workers assisting communities in conflict-affected regions around the world. To mark World Humanitarian Day 2020, ACLED Research Analyst Curtis Goos maps political violence targeting aid workers across our coverage areas. ACLED coverage of violence targeting aid workers is enhanced by partner data from the Aid…

Regional Overview: Africa
19-25 July 2020

Last week in Africa, Puntland forces launched operations against Islamic State forces in Somalia, the Islamic State staged significant attacks in Egypt’s North Sinai, and heavy intercommunal violence erupted in Ethiopia, Sudan, and South Sudan. In Egypt, Islamic State launched a complex attack on military forces in the Bir Al-Abd area of North Sinai, centred…